Growing Up WILD

Exploring nature with young children

Growing Up WILD book cover

TEKS aligned, organized, creative thought provoking, scientifically sound, developmentally appropriate activities for formal and informal educators alike

  • Designed for  children 3-7 yrs.
  • 27 activities
  • Inquiry-based 
  • Field investigations
  • Interdisciplinary
  • Aligned with Head Start and NAEYC standards
  • Fiction and non-fiction book lists

Each Growing Up WILD activity contains all the information needed to conduct that activity from objectives to extended learning. (sample activity)

Available exclusively through Texas WILD workshops

  • 3 hour minimum
  • $25/person workshop fee
  • Available statewide
  • TEA approved CPE and TEEAC credit

See the list of current workshops or contact us to schedule a workshop for your group.


Every activity includes:

  • Quick Facts – scientifically accurate background information
  • Ready Set Go – step by step procedures
  • Warm up – prepare for learning and assessment of prior knowledge
  • Wrap up – conclusion and assessment
  • Take Me Outside – an outdoor extension
  • Healthy Me – safety, nutrition, health
  • Helping Hands – child-level stewardship
  • Mighty Math – math connections
  • Art Projects – spark creativity
  • Music & Movement – set to common children’s tunes
  • Centers & Extensions – self-directed activities and suggestions for continued exploration
  • Snacks – nutritious and delicious
  • Home Connections – extend learning to home in Spanish and English